Traditional Craft Village

The National Hedge Laying Society and the Dry Stone Walling Association will be joining forces to demonstrate their skills at the 60th anniversary of The Game Fair. A beautiful rural boundaries display will feature at the event when it returns to Ragley Hall in July. They will be joined by some of the UK’s best heritage craft men and women within the revamped Traditional Craft Village.

The NHLS was formed in 1978 when this traditional skill had fallen into decline. With the generous patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales, it strives to promote the craft of hedge laying at events and actively encourages young new cutters into the craft.

Hedge laying is vital for the preservation of field boundaries and for assisting wildlife in providing shelter and wildlife corridors.

“Celebrating its 40th birthday this year, the NHLS is delighted to be asked to attend The Game Fair in July”, said Claire Mammon, Media officer.

The Dry Stone Walling Association is also celebrating this year. 2018 marks its 50th anniversary.  Throughout its history the association continues to promote a greater understanding and knowledge of traditional dry stone walling, and encourages their repair and maintenance throughout the country.

It is vital that these traditional skills are passed on to young people and both organisations will be highlighting the fact that such skills are still very much alive and relevant in today’s world. The Game Fair team are proud to assist in the showcase and promotion of these and many other traditional crafts.
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